We are delighted to be returning to St Peter’s in Boxted on Saturday September 8th at 6.30pm to perform a recital in aid of the church tower repair fund. St Peter’s is a delightful little gem in beautiful Dedham Vale and we have thoroughly enjoyed our previous concerts here. We will be reprising our summer programme from Moverons in June (along with the addition of some old favourites) so if you missed us then or would like to hear the music sung indoors now’s your chance! The programme includes works from the 16th to 20th century and includes two charming Swedish pieces.
We are delighted to be returning to the beautiful church of St Peter ad Vincula in January for an atmospheric candle lit concert Rachmaninoff Vespers.
Thank you to all our friends and supporters who joined us for this beautiful afternoon in the lovely gardens at Moverons. The event was so popular we were turning people away. The sun shone, the guests enjoyed home made cakes and scones, lazed on the lawn, ambled among the flowers and along the sculpture trail, and best of all enjoyed some magical singing. We loved performing – all in all a perfect summer afternoon!
Thank you for all your support in 2017. We hope you have enjoyed our concerts and will join us on April 29th at St Edmundsbury Cathedral for Bach and Buxtehude at Easter which promises to be our brightest and boldest programme to date.
We hope 2018 will be a happy and peaceful year for us all.
Our spring concert in 2018 will be our biggest project to date, pairing Bach’s great Easter cantata BWV 4 Christ lag in Todesbanden with Buxtehude’s equally fine, but sadly less well known, Easter cantata Heut’ triumphieret Gottes Sohn.
The choir will be joined by an orchestra of strings and, in the Buxtehude, trumpets and timpani. Also featured will be a Magnificat by Buxtehude and Bach’s motet Lobet dem Herrn. On this occasion we will also welcome the return of some of our past Choral Apprentices and organist Richard Moore (who played with us for the In Paradisum and Blow the Trumpet programmes).
We appreciate sponsors at all times to help us in our work, but would particularly welcome anyone wishing to support players or scores for this special concert. To contact us email email@example.com .
Many thanks to everyone who supported our Choral Steeplechase. Our final total was £2415. We surpassed our 2014 tally by singing in 33 churches in Ipswich, Hintelsham, Boxstead, Hadleigh, Newton Green, Sudbury and Bures ending up in the wonderful St Stephen’s Chapel. We started at 10am and sang through the day until 6pm performing a short unaccompanied work in each church before racing on to the next steeple. It was hard work but enormous fun and we hope that the visitors to all the churches enjoyed our short performances. We certainly enjoyed singing! All money raised will be divided between the Suffolk Historic Churches Trust and the choir’s Choral Apprenticeship scheme for young singers, as well as helping to fund young players for forthcoming programmes.
Our ‘Choral Steeplechase’ is part of the annual Ride & Stride event which raises many thousands of pounds for the repair and upkeep of historic churches.
Saturday 1st July 2017
2pm St Anne and St Laurence, Elmstead Market
7pm St Mary’s, Bures (in aid of Ferrier’s Barn Day Centre)
Sunday 2nd July 2017
2pm St Mary’s Kersey
5.30pm St Mary’s, Lawford
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Songs about the animal kingdom from England, France, Germany and Italy
Our next concert on Saturday 19th March at St Teresa’s church in Colchester takes us back to Renaissance and Baroque Italy, with a programme of seasonal Passiontide music. The main work is Leonardo Leo’s double choir Miserere – a fascinating work with organ and bass continuo, much admired by both Verdi and Wagner and which eclipsed Allegri’s famous setting holding sway in Italy for over a hundred years. Also in the programme will be three wonderful settings of the Crucifixus by the Venetian Lotti, three of Gesualdo’s amazing Tenebrae Responsaries from the Maundy Thursday and Good Friday sets and Palestrina’s great double choir Stabat Mater, written for the Papal Julian chapel.